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Anyway, go out to the pasture and this cow is down with both her backlegs straight back. Managed to get her legs under her with rope and ATV, but she crawls ahead on her front knees and backlegs are again behind her.
Get the hip lift and the tractor, raise her on to her 4 feet. She can stand on her front legs, but her backlegs are a no go. Kept her on her feet for maybe 20 minutes so the calf could suck a bit, but still no power in the back.
I don't know what happened to her. She is a strong healthy cow, no limp or anything prior to this. All I can imagine is the bulls getting on her and she maybe slipped?
Question is, how can I tell if this is temporary or if something is broken/torn for good? Other then playing the waiting game.
Sigh, this year is crazy.
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Is the bull in with the cows?
If so sounds like it my be bull induced.
Best advice is call the vet.
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You could try pinching the skin on the back legs or poking with a needle or stick (be careful not to get kicked). If she reacts to it, she can still feel them and might get her strength back. If she can't feel them at all, that's a sign of some severe nerve damage and not a good omen for her recovery.
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